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Why 'Julius Caesar' Feels More Urgent Than Ever
By GERARD RAYMOND
Wednesday, March 27, 2019  •   Borough Play  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Mar 27, 2019  •   Borough Play  •    0 comments Share This
Director Shana Cooper reimagines Shakespeare's tragedy for our polarized political age Pieces of the set literally fall apart during Theatre for a New Audience's kinetic production of Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. The startling destruction happens during the storm that precedes the assassination of the titular general by his frenemies...
She Didn't Think She Was Right to Play Judy Holliday. She Was Wrong.
By RAVEN SNOOK
Tuesday, March 26, 2019  •   Acting  •    1 comment Share This
Tue Mar 26, 2019  •   Acting  •    1 comment Share This
How On Your Feet!'s Andréa Burns became the star of Smart Blonde --- Initially, when playwright Willy Holtzman approached Andréa Burns about starring in his Judy Holliday bio-play Smart Blonde, she balked. A Jewish stage and screen performer best remembered for her Oscar-winning, not-so-dumb-blonde turn as Billie Dawn in Born Yesterday,...
WATCH: Breton Follies
By LAUREN PHOENIX KAY
Monday, March 25, 2019  •   Meet the Dance Company  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Mar 25, 2019  •   Meet the Dance Company  •    0 comments Share This
Meet Breton Follies, a boutique production company specializing in site-specific immersive dance-theatre with a vintage twist. Founded by dancer-choreographer Breton Tyner-Bryan, the troupe takes a cinematic approach to movement, with a vernacular rooted in classical ballet, cabaret and Latin rhythms while honoring the style and sounds of Golden Age...
From Rock Musicals to a Real-Life Tale That Rocked the Showbiz Industry
By SANDY MACDONALD
Friday, March 22, 2019  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Mar 22, 2019  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
How Tony nominee Kristin Hanggi helped a friend turn personal trauma into a no-holds-barred solo show --- On the New York theatre scene, Kristin Hanggi is best known for helming playful jukebox musicals. She earned a Tony nomination for developing and directing the long-running '80s lovefest Rock of Ages. Earlier this season, she oversaw the screen-to-stage...
How Do You Tell the Story of The Temptations?
By JONATHAN MANDELL
Friday, March 22, 2019  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Mar 22, 2019  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Playwright Dominique Morisseau on the challenges of writing the book for the bio-musical Ain't Too Proud --- Near the beginning of Ain't Too Proud -- The Life and Times of The Temptations, a teenage Otis Williams invites Melvin Franklin to join his singing group. Melvin tells Otis to ask his mother -- and then hides behind a tree while Otis does so. While...
The Evolution of Ballet Hispánico's Melissa Verdecia
By LAUREN PHOENIX KAY
Thursday, March 21, 2019  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Mar 21, 2019  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
How the dancer became the "anchor" of the company's spring run at the Joyce --- Rehearsing for Ballet Hispánico's upcoming run at the Joyce (March 26-31), seven-year company veteran Melissa Verdecia moves without a fingertip of superfluous effort. As she runs through a section of Bennyroyce Royon's Homebound/Alaala, her lithe arms flap once,...
How Raja Feather Kelly Gives Shows All the Right Moves
By JONATHAN MANDELL
Wednesday, March 20, 2019  •   Choreography  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Mar 20, 2019  •   Choreography  •    0 comments Share This
Why this "movement dramaturg" is so sought after on the New York theatre scene --- Raja Feather Kelly, one of the busiest choreographers in New York, wants to make something clear: "I don't just make dances." Although he's the newly minted artistic director of New Brooklyn Theatre, an innovative site-specific troupe that recently merged with the...
John Guare's Wild Ride of Self-Discovery
By GERARD RAYMOND
Monday, March 18, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Mar 18, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Why Nantucket Sleigh Ride is the Tony winner's most personal play yet --- In John Guare's Nantucket Sleigh Ride, a former playwright-turned-financier (Tony winner John Larroquette) is jolted back in time to relive life-changing events that occurred on the titular Cape Cod isle in 1975. In some ways, working on this Lincoln Center Theater mounting...
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